Aston Villa - Newcastle Betting Preview: Deadly De Jong could make a difference to the Magpies

These sides experienced contrasting fortunes on the opening weekend of the Premier League season but our tipster backs Alan Pardew's Magpies to see off Paul Lambert's Villans
Aston Villa made an impressive start to the season last weekend, claiming a fine 1-0 victory over Stoke City, and Paul Lambert will be looking for his side to build on that success when they welcome Newcastle to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies suffered defeat on Sunday, going down 2-0 to Manchester City at St James's Park, but Alan Pardew will have been heartened by the battling qualities shown by his side.

The hosts are chalked up as narrow favourites to claim a second successive league victory this weekend, with bet365 offering 6/4 (2.50) on a Villa win while the same firm offer a tempting 9/5 (2.80) quote that the visitors pick up their first win of the new season at Villa Park. The draw is rated as a 23/10 (3.30) chance with bet365.

Newcastle will be buoyed by their recent record against the Villans, with Pardew's side having claimed maximum points from four of the last five meetings between the two – with the fifth match ending in stalemate.

It is worth noting that both teams have found the net in five of the last six meetings between these two clubs and, therefore, it is perhaps unsurprising that bet365 offer just 8/11 (1.73) that there are goals at both ends once again this time.

Indeed, there could be value to be had in backing three or more goals to be scored at even money (2.0) with bet365, while the 5/4 (2.25) quote from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored and both teams to find the net certainly appears to be generous given the fixture's history.

Andreas Weimann was on target for Villa in their win over the Potters and the 7/1 (8.0) quote from bet365 for the Austrian to break the deadlock against the Magpies is sure to attract plenty of support here, while the 12/5 (3.40) quote from the same firm for Weimann to score at any time looks to represent decent value.

Siem de Jong looks set to return to the fold for Newcastle for this one, augmenting Pardew's striking options, and the dangerous Dutchman can be backed at 6/1 (7.0) with bet365 to score first, with the same firm offering 2/1 (3.0) on De Jong finding the net at any time.

The return of De Jong could prove pivotal for the Magpies and, given their impressive record against the Villans in recent times, punters should take a chance on Newcastle claiming their first victory of the Premier League season at a generous 9/5 (2.80) with bet365 this weekend.

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